Pastor’s Message 11/05/2016

March 8th, 2017 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2016

From the Desk of Father Dennis

Excerpts from Faithful Citizenship by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Part 2

Some question whether it is appropriate for the Church to play a role in political life. However, the obligation to teach the moral truths that should shape our lives, including our public lives, is central to the mission given to the Church by Jesus Christ. Moreover, the United States Constitution protects the right of individual believers and religious bodies to participate and speak out without government interference, favoritism, or discrimination. Civil law should fully recognize and protect the right of the Church and other institutions in civil society to participate in cultural, political, and economic life without being forced to abandon or ignore their central moral convictions. Our nation’s tradition of pluralism is enhanced, not threatened, when religious groups and people of faith bring their convictions and concerns into public life. Indeed, our Church’s teaching is in accord with the foundational values that have shaped our lives, our Constitution and our country.

Father Dennis writes: We must use our informed consciences to vote. We must pray, pray, and then pray some more. “Sitting this one out” and not voting is not an option for Catholics. We must make our voice heard.

In Christ,
Reverend Dennis J. Vincenzo

Rev. Dennis J. Vincenzo

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